Terence Crawford has been ordered by the WBO to put his welterweight championship on the line against Shawn Porter.
The undefeated champion responded online with a ‘thumbs up’ so he could be ready for his return to the ring.
Crawford and Porter have until August 20 to agree on the terms of a fight or he will go to the scholarship offers, where different promoters can bid for the right to organize the fight.
Crawford is among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world but, until Wednesday night when the WBO made their decision, he had no fight in sight.
The three-weight world champion is unbeaten in 37 outings – he defended his WBO belt in stoppage wins over Amir Khan and Kell Brook.
Porter, a former two-time welterweight champion, lost an exciting back-and-forth fight with Crawford’s arch rival Errol Spence Jr in 2019.
Spence Jr is set to face Manny Pacquiao in a unification welterweight title fight next month.
Crawford was targeted by Josh Taylor, who followed in the American’s footsteps to become the undisputed welterweight champion.
Taylor told Sky Sports: “I believe in my own abilities. I think I fought better opposition than Crawford, although Crawford is very, very good, he’s elite level.
“But he didn’t fight the best opponents in his division. He fought good fighters, good opposition, but I think I fought at the best level. I fought better fighters on the way up.”
Top Rank’s Bob Arum, who promotes both, told Sky Sports: “We hope that early next year we can have a fight that will blow the lid off everything in the UK.
“That would be Taylor challenging Crawford for the welterweight title.
“It would be prime time in the UK. We would like to do it there in the spring with 60,000 people in Scotland.”